The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain That Killed My Father
follows the journey of a son retracing his father's fatal path to the summit of Eiger.
Author: John Harlin III
Paperback; 284 pages; black-and-white photos
Simon and Schuster; copyright 2009
John Harlin III was nine years old when his father attempted a direct ascent of the massive vertical north face of Eiger. Harlin had put together a terrific team, and, despite unending storms, he was poised for the summit dash. It was the moment he had long waited for. When Harlin's rope broke 2,000 feet from the summit, he plummeted 4,000 feet to his death. In the shadow of tragedy, young John Harlin III came of age possessed with the very same passion for risk that drove his father. For years he successfully denied the clarion call of the mountain that killed his father. But in 2005, John Harlin could resist no longer, and set off with an IMAX theater film crew to climb the Eiger. This is an unforgettable story about fathers and sons, climbers and mountains, and dreamers who dare to challenge the earth.